This stunning boutique hotel shows off what restoration can bring to the historic buildings of Tel Aviv. The two-story building stands out because of its lovely salmon-hued exterior. Its light-colored walls, hardwood floors, and wrought-iron banisters evoke times gone by. Each of the 12 beautifully appointed rooms has shelves filled with art books and Persian rugs. The restaurant is one of the best in the area.
High ceilings, dark wood floors, rich tapestries and beveled edges -- these rooms ooze class and comfort. A black and white color theme and a bookshelf stocked with art and tourism books keep things unique.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hallways in this older building are narrow and navigating between floors means squeezing through doors; it's easiest to take the elevator, especially with luggage.
Big and roomy with lots of extra trimmings: The bathrooms in each guest room are stocked with custom toiletries, extra amenities like shaving kits and toothbrushes, and of course, cozy robes and slippers.
The lobby doubles as the bar of the Hotel Montefiore Restaurant, so you might have to dodge diners as you check in, but either way, you'll be charmed by its old-world decor, its glittering bar and its warm leather furnishings.
Hotel Montefiore is one of Tel Aviv's most beloved restaurants, with a pared-down menu of French-Vietnamese fusion. Room service is available around the clock here, and guests of the hotel can order anything off of the restaurant menu and have it brought directly to their room.
If you've ever wanted to drink like Hemingway, Gatsby or Gloria Stein, it's easy to tap into the Lost Generation at the Hotel Montefiore bar, where the cocktails are shaken perfectly, the whiskey list is legendary and the mood is always set to chill.
During Happy Hour, you'll get perfectly crafted cocktails served with a mini-meal of snacks including fresh breadsticks, bruschetta with cheese and shrimp, olives, nuts and more.
Located between the main thoroughfares of Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street, Hotel Montefiore is central to all of downtown Tel Aviv and also within an easy walk of nearly every major busline. If you prefer to take a taxi, they can be easily hailed from in front of the hotel or waved down on Allenby Street.
If you find you must eat elsewhere (although why would you?), Milgo and Milbar (10-minute walk) serves rich seafood dishes with a charming European flair. For modern fusion with market-fresh fare (and sweeping sea views to boot!), head to the Tel Aviv Port and take a seat at Kitchen Market (20-minute drive)
Some of the city's best cocktails are mixed up right here at the hotel, but if you venture out, try Suramare (11-minute walk), a rooftop garden in the sky serving up well-made drinks and a recipe for a fun-packed night; or Bellboy (10-minute walk), a cozy, Prohibition-era-inspired spot that serves perfectly mixed cocktails with a fun speakeasy vibe.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Those who say money can't buy you class clearly never booked a stay at the Hotel Montefiore. This is a tiny hotel with a big heart, a high level of service and a dreamy, old-world charm mixed up with modern hospitality. For foodies, design buffs or those just in the mood for something uniquely beautiful in busy Tel Aviv, this is a great choice.